Moore allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks across seven innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Nationals. He struck out nine. Moore allowed solo home runs to Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman, but he was effective and otherwise kept them off the board. He needed just 91 pitches to complete seven frames, setting a new season high in strikeouts while going without a walk afor the fifth time. This gem came at the right time for Moore, who had allowed nine earned runs over 11 innings during his previous two outings. He still owns a disappointing 5.71 ERA heading into his start Friday against the Phillies.
Moore will remain on turn and start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Chris Stratton will take the ball for Game 1 of Sunday's twin bill while Moore gets the nightcap against Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer. Moore will carry a 3-12 record along with a 5.88 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP into Sunday's tilt.
The Giants have decided not to skip Moore's next start at Washington on Sunday after tinkering with the idea Tuesday, Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Moore spoke with Bruce Bochy during Tuesday's win over the Cubs and convinced his manager to allow him to stay in the rotation for the time being. The 28-year-old has been nothing short of terrible in his first full season in San Francisco, posting an ugly 3-12 record to go along with a 5.88 ERA in 23 starts. Moore's peripherals (7.8 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 1.4 HR/9) aren't that far off from his career averages, and his career-worst 65.4 percent strand rate has shown that he has actually been a tad unlucky (4.69 FIP). Luck aside, only the most desperate of fantasy owners should even consider starting the shaky southpaw against the Nationals and their NL-leading .341 wOBA.
Moore may have his next start skipped in order to fine tune his pitches, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Moore is currently penciled in as the starter for Sunday's game against the Nationals, though manager Bruce Bochy is mulling over the idea of skipping his start in order to give the veteran lefty some time to work on his throwing mechanics. The 28-year-old currently owns a 5.88 ERA and has given up nine earned runs over his past two starts, so he would probably benefit from the additional time off.
Moore (3-12) allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven batters through six innings during Monday's loss to the Cubs. Moore allowed at least four runs in each of his previous five outings, and he now sports a 5.88 ERA 1.59 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 for the campaign. He's not even performing well at AT&T Park anymore, having given up 31 runs through 37.2 innings over his past seven home starts. At this stage of the game, Moore is probably best viewed as a low-end option best left to the deepest of fantasy settings. He projects to face the Nationals at Washington in his next start.
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